Do you have an older family member who loves telling stories about their growing up days?
Jane Martin does. Her mother told her many stories about growing up during the great depression, and Jane wanted to do something fun for her mother.
So Jane dug up a few old photos of her mother during her younger years and began writting. She titled the book BubbleGum Betty and gifted it to her mom.
I feel that the stories of our parents and grandparents are important. They are our past in a manner of speaking. Many times they are funny, like the time Betty cut her hair, other times they are lessons like when Betty learned to stand up for those who couldn’t on their own.
All together, those stories tell us our heritage. They create a thankfulness in us for our parents. Not all of it is pretty, they had struggles just like we do now, knowing these stories can help us understand our parents a little better. And chances are, if we understand our parents better, we will likely begin to understand ourselves better as well.
In her book, Jane also added some family favorite recipes as well. If you are interested, you can check out Jane’s book right here.
And the next time you are with your parents or grandparents, why not start asking them questions? Find out what it was like when they were growing up, ask if they got along with their siblings, find out what what their hopes and dreams were when they were young. You may be surprised by their answers. 🙂 You may learn something about yourself.